For Melissa, With Love

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When I began blogging over a year ago, I was unknowingly becoming a part of a tight knit community. More specifically, the mommy blogging community. It’s a group of women that support each other in their writing and, as I soon found out, in life. I have yet to meet a fellow mommy blogger in person, but I have still become incredibly close to many of them through their blogs and social media. The friendships I have developed have been invaluable.

Last week, we lost one of our own. Melissa Matters of Wading Through Motherhood was a writer, a wife, a mother of two, and a friend to many. She was one of the first bloggers I met after joining this new community. Her encouragement and support of my blog mattered more to me than I can say. I was fortunate to be an admin of a facebook group with her which only increased our bond.Lake ChelanHer writings are so easily relatable. As a mother myself, I have experienced many trials as a parent she so often described. She had the ability to put a positive and loving spin on everything she shared. She also tended to throw in a bit of humor. She knew parenthood is hilarious and ridiculous, and the only way to get through it is to laugh.

She will be missed dearly.

Below are just a few of my favorite posts of hers.

When Your Emotions Take Over: Just Breathe

“Breathe in the moments of beauty, the silver linings, all the small, good things.

When everyone else has gone to sleep, breathe in the quiet night air. Breathe out all the negativity. Exhale and remember you can’t control everything.

Remember that  it’s okay to feel anxiety, frustration, sadness,….it means you’re human.”

5 Signs You Need a Date Night

“Are you used to having your life revolve around your baby’s nap schedule?  Wouldn’t it be nice to be free of your nursing bra?  Even though, you may not want to dance on any bars Coyote Ugly style, date night gives you the chance to let loose. This may mean staying out until 10 longer, having another glass of wine, or spontaneously ordering the molten chocolate lava cake that takes 20 minutes to prepare”.

Because I’m Not Perfect

 “We used paper plates for dinner tonight while rows of clean, white china sat unused in the cabinets. And, on those paper plates sat leftovers, roasted chicken revived with herbs, barbecue sauce and a simple side of raspberries.

Because I’m not perfect.”

20 Signs You’re a Parent

“You have a sign over your doorbell that says baby sleeping….your child is five but you just kept it up there because it sounds better than a ‘No solicitors’ sign…..if you’ve never done that, it’s a good idea huh?”

15 Reasons My Toddler Might Be Mad at Me Today

“8. Your fruit snacks fell on the ground in a sticky puddle of something at the mall.  You want to eat them.

Yes, you may believe in the five second rule, but I don’t, especially not at the mall.”

If you feel so inclined, you can go to her familys GoFundme site to make a donation.

If you’re a blogger, or just active on social media, please join me in continuing to share her brilliant works.

“For me, knowing that God is there cradling my babies, through it all, is a relief.  And, I remember,  Psalm 147:3: He heals the heartbroken and bandages their wounds.

-Melissa Matters, Wading Through Motherhood (The Sting of Parenthood)

November 9, 2015
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15 Comments

  • Reply Tiffany

    Wow! You did such a terrific job Tarynn! It’s so great to hear of everyone’s personal connections to Melissa! Well done my friend!

    November 9, 2015 at 5:29 pm
  • Reply Alana

    I can’t say anything except thank you for writing something so beautiful <3

    November 9, 2015 at 5:31 pm
  • Reply Katie

    Beautiful. Thanks for sharing <3

    November 9, 2015 at 5:40 pm
  • Reply twitchetts.com

    So amazing, and many of my favorites as well. She always had her glass Full. Full of optimism, love, and kindness.

    November 9, 2015 at 7:19 pm
  • Reply Lauren

    SO beautiful. I love how we all have our own favorite posts from her that touched us in a different way.

    November 10, 2015 at 7:21 am
    • Reply mamabyfire@gmail.com

      Thank you! Me too! It was difficult for me to choose just a few though.

      November 10, 2015 at 1:58 pm
  • Reply Kimberly Cox

    Such a beautiful post <3 She will be greatly missed and Forever remembered <3

    November 10, 2015 at 7:49 am
  • Reply Jill-Maggie May's

    Beautiful post, Tarynn. And great round up of Melissa’s posts. There is something special about this mommy group.

    November 10, 2015 at 8:42 am
  • Reply Joanna

    Love! She was such an amazing writer. I truly hope that all of these tributes and shares of her work will allow it to live on.

    November 10, 2015 at 10:34 am
  • Reply sue parke

    Beautiful tribute <3

    November 10, 2015 at 11:09 am
  • Reply shann

    Love your tribute. Melissa will be missed, but never forgotten.

    November 10, 2015 at 6:12 pm
  • Reply DebbieZ

    I love reading all of the wonderful posts everyone has written in Melissa’s memory. She touched so many people and it is such a loss for the blogging community! What a great tribute. I hope her family knows how much we loved and respected her.

    November 10, 2015 at 6:22 pm
    • Reply mamabyfire@gmail.com

      She really did. She was such an amazing person. Thank you so much! I believe her family knows. A few of us, including myself, have been in touch with her husband. He is in awe of the love and support from our community.

      November 10, 2015 at 6:25 pm
  • Reply Meredith@MommyAtoZ

    That was a beautiful remembrance and some of her best work. Her words were so powerful. And her determination to cherish each moment, to fully appreciate the beauty around her, seems almost prophetic now. I will miss her writing and positive outlook. Prayers for her family.

    November 11, 2015 at 12:31 pm
  • Reply theantelopediaries

    Is it taboo to ask what happened? I’ve read three tributes (all through this page), looked at her own website, facebook and gofundme pages and it’s never mentioned what happened.

    November 13, 2015 at 4:36 pm
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